Validation of the English version of the scale for psychosocial factors in food allergy and the relationship with mental health, quality of life, and self-efficacy

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Knibb, Rebecca C., Cortes, Aaron, Barnes, Christopher and Stalker, C. 2016. Validation of the English version of the scale for psychosocial factors in food allergy and the relationship with mental health, quality of life, and self-efficacy. Journal of Allergy. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/4850940
AuthorsKnibb, Rebecca C., Cortes, Aaron, Barnes, Christopher and Stalker, C.
Abstract

Background. The Scale for Psychosocial Factors in Food Allergy (SPS-FA) is based on the biopsychosocial model of health and was developed and validated in Chile to measure the interaction between psychological variables and allergy symptoms in the child. We sought to validate this scale in an English speaking population and explore its relationship with parental quality of life, self-efficacy, and mental health. Methods. Parents (𝑛 = 434) from the general population in the UK, who had a child with a clinical diagnosis of food allergy, completed the SPS-FA and validated scales on food allergy specific parental quality of life (QoL), parental self-efficacy, and general mental health. Findings. The SPS-FA had good internal consistency (alphas = .61–.86). Higher scores on the SPS-FA significantly correlated with poorer parental QoL, self-efficacy, and mental health. All predictors explained 57% of the variance in SPS-FA scores with QoL as the biggest predictor (𝛽 = .52). Discussion. The SPS-FA is a valid scale for use in the UK and provides a holistic view of the impact of food allergy on the family. In conjunction with health-related QoL measures, it can be used by health care practitioners to target care for patients and evaluate psychological interventions for improvement of food allergy management.

Background. The Scale for Psychosocial Factors in Food Allergy (SPS-FA) is based on the biopsychosocial model of health and was developed and validated in Chile to measure the interaction between psychological variables and allergy symptoms in the child. We sought to validate this scale in an English speaking population and explore its relationship with parental quality of life, self-efficacy, and mental health. Methods. Parents (𝑛 = 434) from the general population in the UK, who had a child with a clinical diagnosis of food allergy, completed the SPS-FA and validated scales on food allergy specific parental quality of life (QoL), parental self-efficacy, and general mental health. Findings. The SPS-FA had good internal consistency (alphas = .61–.86). Higher scores on the SPS-FA
significantly correlated with poorer parental QoL, self-efficacy, and mental health. All predictors explained 57% of the variance in
SPS-FA scores with QoL as the biggest predictor (𝛽 = .52). Discussion. The SPS-FA is a valid scale for use in the UK and provides a
holistic view of the impact of food allergy on the family. In conjunction with health-related QoL measures, it can be used by health
care practitioners to target care for patients and evaluate psychological interventions for improvement of food allergy management.

KeywordsAllergy; validation; Self-efficacy; Mental health; Quality of life; Psychosocial
Year2016
JournalJournal of Allergy
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/4850940
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/620036
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Publication dates21 Aug 2016
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Accepted07 Aug 2016
ContributorsAston University, University of Derby and Universidad de Chile Clinical Hospital
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